Recreational Cannabis and Food Pairings 101: Tips + Ideas

Has this ever happened to you? You’re leaning back on your sofa at the end of a long day, enjoying a few hits of your favorite strain when, all of a sudden, hunger strikes. You may have already eaten a decent meal and felt pretty full, but now you’re starving again. 

There are many misconceptions about weed, but getting a case of the munchies isn’t one of them. Science has shown that THC essentially “tricks” your brain into thinking you’re hungry, even when you’re not. Studies have shown that cannabis may interact with ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger. Other research suggests that weed may make food smell and taste better. 

Why smoke your favorite strain and then let the munchies overtake you when you can enjoy the two together? As it turns out, you can pair cannabis with food to create incredible experiences just as you can with wine and food. Here, we’ve got a few tips and some recreational weed and food pairing ideas to help get you started. 

Tips for Pairing Recreational Cannabis with Food

One of the most common tips for pairing food with wine is that red wine goes with red meat, and white wine goes with white meat. Bold wines go with bolder flavors, while lighter wines go with more delicate flavors.

When it comes to recreational cannabis and food, you can take a similar approach. Pair the terpene profile with the flavor profile of the dish. Of course, as with food and wine pairings, there’s always room for experimentation. Instead of matching flavors, try to balance them. Think sweet and salty, kind of like bacon ice cream or chocolate and pretzels (or potato chips).   

Weed and Food Pairings: Combinations to Try

The most important aspect of pairing weed with food is to have fun. If you’re stuck and don’t know where to start, we’ve got a few ideas that may help kickstart your creativity:

  • Lemon OG Haze with salmon. The citrusy notes of Lemon OG Haze pair nicely with many types of salmon dishes, particularly those that call for a squeeze of lemon. It’s a great match for salmon with garlic butter sauce.
  • Cookies and Cream with tomato soup. While this might sound like a strange combination, hear us out. The sweet and toasty notes of the strain work amazingly well with the soup’s tang and creaminess. It also helps that both the strain and the soup induce feelings of comfort and relaxation.
  • Root Beer Float with a burger and fries. With a flavor profile reminiscent of an actual root beer float, this unique take on a classic diner combination is one you won’t want to miss.  The notes of creamy vanilla and complex undertones play wonderfully with a juicy burger and warm, salty fries. 

Create Delightful Weed and Food Pairings with Your Favorite Strains

Of course, the suggestions provided here are only to get you started. With some experimentation, you may quickly find new and even better flavor combinations that will take your meals and your cannabis sessions to a whole new level.

Are you looking for more high-quality strains to pair with your favorite foods? Campfire Cannabis has you covered. Feel free to browse our products online or visit us in-store today!

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